In a country with hot and humid climate all year round like Singapore, one of the challenges of home maintenance is to keep your rooms free of mould. Not only are moulds unsightly and give your room the look of a horror movie template, they are also a nuisance as they can produce allergens and irritants, in some cases even toxins, that can compromise your health if not eradicated. A long-standing mould problem can be difficult and costly to fix. Nonetheless, as mould is very much dependent on humidity, the simplest way to nip mould growth at the bud is by controlling the moisture in your home. Here are more ways how you can keep your home dry and prevent mould growth in your home:
1. Keep areas dry with good ventilation
There are areas in the house which are more prevalent to moisture, such as the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen. Therefore, a good way to prevent mould from creeping up on your walls is by making sure that these areas are well ventilated. Install an exhaust fan in areas like the bathroom where bigger windows aren’t practical and keep the window open while preparing food so that all the moisture will evaporate quickly even before you wipe the surfaces dry. These simple habits will win you half the battle of keeping your home mould-free.
2. Fix leaks asap
Not only does unattended leaks in your faucet can be costly in the long run, they will also stain your tiles and sinks with ugly brown marks that are impossible to remove — and encourage the growth of mould on your walls. Do you have condensed water droplets from your air conditioner soaking your carpet wet? If so, perhaps you could get your air conditioner serviced or remove your carpet so that the area will not be soaking wet. Besides walls, mould can also grow on clothes, furniture and other fabrics. Another downside of mould is the smell it leaves in the room — like old, damp socks and the scene or a horror flick. Keep dry and you’ll be good to go.
3. Maintain your home with mould-resistant products
If you’re renovating your home anytime soon, it’s a good time to consider applying mould-resistant products, such as mould-resistant drywall and mould inhibitors for paints. Moisture-resistant drywalls are especially practical for areas that are prone to wetness, such as in the bathroom, kitchen and the laundry room. Moisture-resistant drywall installation may be pricier than traditional drywall at first, but be reminded that this will prove to be a good investment, as getting rid of mould, as well as removal and replacement of drywall can be even pricier and more time consuming in the future.
4. Hire a professional mould removal service
Worse comes to worst, you always hire us as your professional mould-removal professional. It is true that prevention is better than cure. Call us for a chat and we will offer you our honest consultation on what your best mould-management and removal options are according to your budget and preference.